Courses & Details

Program Code 12352
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 084170J
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face + Online

Description

The Master of Applied Linguistics program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand the processes of language learning and development, to develop theoretically motivated language teaching curricula, and to improve their effectiveness as teachers of English as a second or foreign language, or more generally to further their understanding of the way in which language affects and is affected by the social and cultural environment. The program combines theoretical perspectives with empirical studies and practical applications, and provides the opportunity for practical experience of classroom and individual teaching.

The NSW Department of Education and Training will recognise graduates of the award as English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, where they have a teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW.

Why study with us?

The University of Newcastle has an established reputation, nationally and internationally, as a provider of very high-quality postgraduate coursework programs in Applied Linguistics.  Our students report very high levels of satisfaction with both the Applied Linguistics program itself and the employment opportunities that the Award offers upon graduation. International students enjoy studying in a friendly environment at the University of Newcastle.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Applied Linguistics may be completed in 80 units, 120 units or 160 units dependent on previous qualifications or combination of qualifications and relevant work experience.

The cognate discipline area for the Master of Applied Linguistics includes: Linguistics, Education, English, Languages, Psychology and Speech Pathology.

Relevant work experience is as a teacher of English as a second/foreign language.

The following requirements must be met for admission to the program:

  • AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree (240 units) in a non-cognate area must complete 160 units (2 years  full-time or equivalent part time).
  • AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree (240 units) in a cognate area must complete 120 units (1.5 years full-time or equivalent part time).
  • AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree (240 units) in a cognate area plus two (2) years of relevant work experience must complete 80 units (1 year full-time or equivalent part time).
  • AQF Level 8 Bachelor/Honours/Graduate Diploma in a non-cognate area must complete 120 units (1.5 years full-time or equivalent part time).
  • AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in a non-cognate area plus two (2) years relevant work experience must complete 80 units (1 year full-time or equivalent part time).
  • AQF Level 8 Bachelor/Graduate Diploma in a cognate area must complete 80 units (1 year full-time or equivalent part time).
  • AQF Level 8 Honours degree either embedded (320 units) or ‘end-on’ (80 units) in a cognate area must complete 80 units (1 year full-time or equivalent part time).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is possible for both formal and informal prior learning, and may be used for admission purposes. RPL will be evaluated on a case by case basis and must be current and relevant to the program’s learning outcomes.

To be eligible for admission to an AQF Level 9 program the applicant must demonstrate that, as a minimum, they have met AQF Level 7 or Level 8 Program Learning Outcomes.

Students who are using previous study as a basis for admission are required to provide official documentary evidence. Students who are applying on the basis of work or life experience for RPL, must provide a written statement to reflect their experience, in terms of what they have learnt and how that learning prepares them for the degree program in which they are seeking RPL.

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://gradschool.edu.au/future-students/how-to-apply

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement.  Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Compulsory Industrial Experience/Placement

EDUC6024 TESOL Practicum involves up to 200 hours of placement in an appropriate educational setting (school, TAFE, ELICOS, etc.)

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

Program requirements and the volume of learning in the Master of Applied LInguistics are dependent on the student’s prior academic qualifications.

To complete the Master of Applied Linguistics:

Volume of learning - 160 units - 2 years full-time:

  • Core Courses - 50 units
  • Directed Courses - 110 units

Transition Arrangements

Any student who commenced in the non-AQF compliant Master of Applied Linguistics prior to Semester 1, 2015, and can meet the program requirements and learning outcomes of the AQF compliant version of the program without requiring the completion of additional units than the program they enrolled in, will be eligible to apply to be transitioned to the AQF compliant program.

Students who do not meet the requirements above may complete the program they commenced in.  These students can also choose to apply for admission to the AQF compliant Master of Applied Linguistics, and will be advised on application on credit and advanced standing available to them, dependent on prior study, other degree studies and/or RPL.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6024 Practicum in Tesol Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6025 Tesol Curriculum and Methodology Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6030 Second Language Acquisition Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6040 Language Testing and Evaluation Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6950 Research Preparation Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose ### units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6023 Cultural Variations in Language Learning Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6124 English for Special Purposes Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6010 Introduction to Syntax Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6020 Structure of English Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6060 Issues of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6070 Cross-Cultural Communication Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6080 Academic Writing Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6910 Foundation of Linguistics Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6930 Language and Meaning Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6955 Research Project Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
20 units
LING6311 Language and Mind Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
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